A few predictions ahead of the main event on Sunday
The biggest night in the movie calendar is nearly upon us and we're going to be taking a look at some of the key categories to see if we can predict where night's big winners will be.
Predicting the outcome of any award ceremony is risky business and the Oscars has been known to throw up a few surprises over the years but we'll stick our neck out and go right ahead...
Beasts of the Southern Wilds, Lincoln, Argo, Amour, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty
If the night goes according to the favourites then Argo will be walking home with Best Picture, it will also mean that George Clooney will be picking up an Oscar as he produced the film. Ben Affleck's 70s set film look set to be an also-ran a few months back but ever since award season has been in full swing, his film has been picking up a lot of pace.
Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Denzel Washington (Flight)
Can anyone stop Daniel Day-Lewis marching towards yet another Oscar win? The general rule seems to be that when he turns up to act, everyone else might as well stop playing. His forceful performance in Lincoln never strays into the uncomfortable territory of impersonation and when you're dealing with one of the most iconic figures in history that's quite an achievement.
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
We're going for a shock here, surely Jennifer Lawrence is the favourite, she has most of the other awards going for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook where she's been regularly beating off competition from the categories other main contender Jessica Chastain. What about Emmanuelle Riva though? She tackles a much harder role than Chastain and Lawrence in the wonderful 'Amour' and delivers a pitch perfect performance, she's already won the BAFTA, and perhaps her momentum is building.
Amy Adams (The Master), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)
As terrible as it is, it looks certain that Anne Hathaway is going to walk away with an Oscar. Cue uncontrollable crying and a speech that will have you reaching for the sick bag. We can't see anyone else winning in this category so let her have the Oscar this year and get it over and done with so we don't have to sit through it again.
Alan Arkin (Argo), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
It would be wonderful to see De Niro pick up this award and if it's a night of shocks then he stands a good chance, of course he's won Oscars before but not for a long time. The little statue's likely destination however is the hands of Christoph Waltz for his engaging performance in Tarrantino's Django Unchained.
We'll have all the big news from Oscar night right here on the music Magpie blog once the awards have been announced.